(by the time I figured out this crazy web site, I forget the details of the phone call…)
Regarding the women who’s husband bought an AMC with Reverse only.
You guys made it sound like it would be near impossible for her and her husband to remove the transmission because there was a torque tube attached.
In 1970, I ripped the Coupling Plate (connects the flywheel to the torque converter) on my 1960 Rambler Classic.
I did manage to detach the torque tube and remove the transmission and replace the coupling plate.
I did this with on old, solid-wood door, a bunch of bricks and a bumper jack (in the back of our apartment building on Commonwealth & Brookline avenues, in the snow, with occasional help from a roommate, when I could get it…).
These people have a SHOP, with a PIT!!!
The only important step to remember is, you do have to raise the rear wheels off the ground in order to swing the differential away from the torque tube. You cannot drop the tube if you do not swing the axle.
So, while they do have a pit, they still have to jack up the rear of the car… ie. No Tension on the rear axle…
Everything else is self-evident…
One last point, if they should find a Coupling Plate still being used on their model year, I would at least check for metal fatigue or just replace it.